Walking with my family is so important to me, it's when we chat the most. When you are away from the distractions of technology, work, school and general responsibilities, It becomes very easy to chat about how we are feeling, what we are excited about, what we are worried about and things that are most important to us.
When looking for places to explore, it is so easy to forget what is on your own doorstep, despite living in Wales all my life (apart from a 4 year jaunt in Plymouth) I've never climbed the Garth. So we me, the husband and the 7 year old thought we'd give it a bash.
We started at the walk at Gwaelod y Garth Inn (CF15 9HH) There isn’t a car park (As far as we could see) but there is un-restrictricted parking just before and just after the Gwaelod y Garth Inn. To start the walk turn left just before the Gwaelod y Garth Inn and walk up the steep tarmac road.
When you get to the hairpin bend in the road, keep left and head upwards, for about half-a-mile. You will know that you are on the right route when you pass over a cattle grid.
As the road levels, you'll pass above an old barn on your left.
Follow the route marker sign on your right and head up a steep hillside track towards the mountain. The mountain track can be slightly tricky for small children as they may need help crossing a small stream and lifting their legs upto large steps.
You then go up a very steep (somehow the 7 year old was able to run up, while I struggled) grassy track towards a false summit (the actual summit is a mound with a concrete trig atop of it, a little further on)
The views from the false summit are ridiculously amazing. With not only Taffs Well, the river Taff and Cardiff, but also Somerset in the distance. You can see Aberthaw Power Station to the west and the Brecon Beacons to the north.
Veer left and take a straight route of around 730 metres to the summit (apparently it's 1007 feet) and trig point. On the signs it says it's a circular route but we simply headed back down the way we came.
As you can see according to the old Fitbit, this took us just over 2.5 hrs, this time also included us sitting near the top to have some snacks. I think next time we will have to stop in at the Gwaelod y Garth Inn as it looked loved and on nosing at their website I discovered they have vegan options. But being a Sunday we did need to get home and prep for the week.
Anyway, it's well worth a visit, changing scenery and beautiful views xxx
Yay, It's pancake day tomorrow! (P.s these are not American style pancakes, but the style served to me as a kid, I am from Wales, they are more like crepes if you're American)
Okay, so I know I'm not exactly selling these in the title but bear with me. I've had so many 'Protein Pancake' recipes recommended to me and they all taste like shit. It's made me lose my trust in human-kind almost because loads have people have sworn they have a recipe that "tastes amaaaazing" LIARS!!!
This was my last try at 'Vegan Protein Pancakes' theres a damn vegan food revolution going on right now, I can buy a vegan sausage roll at Greggs, GREGGS!
Anyway, the long and the short of it is, these were my last attempt and they didn't taste like shit, saying that, I don't enjoy non protein pancakes all that much so you may even find them tasty, but I am not making any promises xxx
What you need to do:
Serves 2 people, you get 2 pancakes each yippeeeeee.
Another week, another thing to help me try and help me sleep. I'll be honest with you guys, while my sleep is slightly more than usual, nothing has drastically improved it thus far.
After reading this article, I thought I'd give 5-HTP a bash. As well as helping to support a good mood, with it being indirectly involved in producing melatonin, a hormone that is critical for sleep, it should help with sleep.
I was fairly excited about this one, however I only saw an improvement of an average of 12 minutes, I still struggled to get to sleep and woke up a fair bit. However the difference I did see was my Resting heartrate. It is now at 67 BPM. So, like an actual human having a normal life heartrate, not the heart rate of someone trying to escape a zombie outbreak. So I may continue to use this but the hunt for a 'sleeping beauty potion'
Peace out Tough Mamas.
This week I tried a 'sleep spray' from simba.
First impressions, it's a bit pricey at £18 but after a week using it, the bottle it still almost full and I was waaaay generous with spraying this. The bottle is gorgeous, it's glass, proper fancy.
The smell, well, I have never been a fan of lavender to be honest, it was not my cup of tea. It made me make a face like I was smelling a bad fart if I'm honest, but some people adore lavender so that may just be me.
I can't say that this did anything to help me with my sleep, saying that I usually struggle to get 5 hrs and I did get an average of 6hrs 5 minutes over the week.
However, I woke regularly, spent the week feeling exhausted and my heart-rate was on average 7 bpm higher than it normally it. I don't think I'll be using this one again.
Here we are in week 2 of me attempting to sleep like a regular human woman. This week I am giving 'Simba Sleep Spray' a go. Fear not, it isn't made of a baby lion that has to rise up and overthrow an evil dictator that murdered his dad, that would not be ethically sound and I like ethical soundness.
It actually contains 'essential oils' (I'm not sure what they are actually essential for, I don't think anyone knows) such as lavender, mandarin etc. You're are supposed to spray 2-3 sprays on your pillow and it is supposed to improve the quality of your sleep.
At £18.00 for 100ml it's on the pricey side, but I guess it depends on how long it will last as to whether that's value for money. Also I'm not sure if I am alone here but lavender smells vile to me, we shall see.
Speak to you all in what hopefully will be a well rested week xxxxxx
Just updating you on my first complete week of my mission to sleep like a normal human being. As mentioned in my prior blogs, I have started out this mission using an app called 'Calm'. I did their '7 days of sleep' program which teaches you to be a better sleeper.
So true to the law of sod, the week I decide to make an active effort to improve my sleep happens to fall within the week of my kid being sick, the parents among you are probably aware that this usually means feck all sleep. I considered delaying my little sleep experiment. But life happens to all of us, so I soldiered on to see what would happen.
Now considering that I had a clingy, regularly waking, hot as a radiator child to contend with, the results were way better than I expected. I did get a few daytime snoozes in with the kid however, but usually it'd take me the length of his nap to actually fall asleep.
My weekly average total sleep was 6hr 44 min, as I've mentioned I usually struggle to get an average of 5 hrs.
The '7 days of sleep' was full of useful hints and tips of a good night sleep and I was able to use it alongside the short sleep meditations. I tried a few sleep stories too. My son especially loved the kid's sleep stories as well, though wasn't overly enthralled with the kids meditations.
So yeah, I really liked this app, I will definitely give it another go during an average week to see what the outcomes are too. Thumbs up xxxx
I moaned away to you all yesterday about my crappy sleep and explained that I was going to try something new each week to tackle it.
Quite a few people seemed to swear by meditation apps. So this week I am going to try the app ‘Calm’.
I noticed that calm have lots of 7 day guides. So as well as ‘7 days of sleep’ they have ‘7 days of managing stress’, ‘7 days of managing calm’ and others, they also have stand alone meditations and sleep stories. This week I am going to see if their ‘7 days of sleep’ helps me out
While my sleep still didn’t make it to 7 hours, this was the first night I tried it and there was definitely a noticeable improvement, 6hrs 26 mins it pretty awesome for me.
Also, I assumed that you had to listen to the 7 days of sleep just before bed, but I got the impression I was supposed to listen to 7 days of sleep at a different time during the day and then use one of the stand alone deep sleep meditations before bed. So I am going to try it that way today/tonight.
But yeah, it’s a nice start and I’ll keep you updated xxx
We all have those things that we say we need to do to improve our health, but we never quite get around to them. My big re-occurring moans are “I should drink more water” and “I need to get a better night’s sleep”.
I’ve never been great at sleep, I remember being a teenager and regularly cooking in the middle of the night, my mum would wake up to a sink full of dirty pans and food in the freezer because I just couldn’t sleep. Before having my son I used to top up a bad night’s sleep with a post work nap or a Sunday afternoon nap but the days of a cheeky nap are well and truly over for me (except during Rugby six nations, I get one or 2 naps in her while the husband and the kid are watching, woop, woop, I guess I have some naps coming to me)
Basically, poor sleep is something that I am bored of complaining about, I’ve consulted Dr Google (fear not NHS was present lol but I did also visit some fluff sights on my search) and some of the negative effects of poor sleep are:
If you know of any more negative effects please let me know. As I plan to monitor any improvements. Lots of lovely people have given me helpful suggestions. I plan to try one each week to see if they work for me. Suggestions Received are below – I’ll let you know which one I try first xxxx
I have seen loads of amazing recipes for veganuary. However Veganuary doesn't have to mean complicated (unless you enjoy that sort of thing of course) So here is a quick comforting and high protein recipe you can throw together in a short space of time.
2 Linda McCartney Sausages
1 Wholemeal English Muffin
A few leaves of spinach
1 TBSP of preferred sauce (mustard, ketchup etc)
1) Cook Sausages as per packet instructions
2) Slice and toast muffin
3) Slice sausage and serve in muffin topped with spinach and sauce.
Wham Bama and thank you Mama for 347 Kcals and 24g of protein, Nom
So the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us. Well, to be honest for me, my younger sister, my 6 year old and my Christmas mad auntie, this moment begins when the 'Christmas 24' channel arrives.
So I am offering up a challenge, you've all heard of drinking games, this is a healthy spin on that.
So the rules are anytime you see any of the things listed below - follow the action....
The Tough Like Mama 'Christmas 24' or 'any damn Christmas film you want to watch' workout game :
This Is me:
I’m Emma, I train women (Offline and Online) who may struggle with their confidence and self esteem. I believe that women need more options that suit different lifestyles and needs, some of us don't have time to stick to a rigid plan, some people are to scared to even set foot in a gym (I have been there).